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Issue Number 33 SEPTEMBER 2014

How It's Made
Reinforced Silicone Hose

Silicone hose that's braid reinforced has become one of NewAge Industries' specialties. Manufacturing it is a process that involves sophisticated equipment, precision and cleanliness. Although it is available either peroxide or platinum cured, this article will focus on the peroxide cured version.

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Silicone is a thermoset material—one that undergoes a chemical reaction by heat or ultraviolet light with a catalyst. The manufacturing process for braid reinforced silicone hose starts with unreinforced silicone tubing, and like the extrusion process for thermoplastic materials, it begins with raw materials that are fed into an extruder. The raw silicone is supplied in slabs, which are cut into strips before being inserted into the extrusion machinery.

 

extruder coiler silicone hose braider

Next the tubing, which will become the liner of the hose, is coiled by machine onto a temporary stainless steel spool. This liner is later fed through a braiding machine where polyester braid is applied to the exterior of the tubing. It goes through the extruder again for the outer layer of silicone. These two layers bond together and will not separate. Before being coiled the hose is imprinted with the product's name, size, temperature range and other important data.

 

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Peroxide cured silicone tubing and hose must be post baked in an industrial oven after the extrusion processes. This finishes the curing process and gives the product its final desired physical properties. It also dissipates the peroxide by-products contained in the silicone rubber. Afterward, each length of hose is wiped down to remove any residue, and then bagged, labeled and stored, ready for shipment.

 

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